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When Time Is Short, Plan Financially, Emotionally, Spiritually

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By Deborah Price

My life has been filled with experiences that have taught me the importance of planning ahead and taking care of those we love in the event that we are unable to do so ourselves. One of the most critical of these issues is planning for the end of our lives.

I know this is one of the most difficult subjects to discuss, but it's so important. I hope you will allow yourself this opportunity to consider these necessary actions for the sake of your well-being and as well as that of your loved ones.

None of us knows exactly how or when we will die, but we all know it will happen... someday. I believe that we should try to approach death in the same manner that, hopefully, we approach life - intentionally and with an effort to do as much good and as little harm as possible. When it comes to exiting gracefully, it is best to plan for and embrace our eventual death as consciously as possible.

Here are 10 steps to make emotional, financial, and spiritual preparations for the last days of your life.

Deborah Price is a financial crisis coach and the author of the Your Daily Stimulus blog on Beliefnet.

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Which is the most challenging part of end-of-life planning?
Financial--wills, trusts, and property allocations
Physical--health care proxy, living will, conversations with my caregivers
Emotional--letters to loved ones, journals of my life story
Spiritual--practicing acceptance that all lives must end
These are all challenging aspects of facing my mortality.
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